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Why I Sold One Degree

833 days ago I did a “first post” to One Degree – a classic Hello World. 1430 posts, 1351 comments, and 40 plus contributors later it’s time to say good-bye – or maybe more accurately, “see you later” – to One Degree and the community that has grown up around it.

Today I’m announcing that I’ve sold One Degree to my good friend and long-time One Degree Contributor Kate Trgovac.

Since taking the role of VP Product Management and Marketing at Tucows about a year ago I’ve found that my ability to give One Degree the attention it needs to keep it alive and vibrant is increasingly limited.

My goal with One Degree has always been to foster a stronger Internet marketing community in Canada. That’s really the goal I had as a co-founder of AIMS and as a volunteer and teacher for the CMA. To me it’s always been important that we had a place to share ideas and raise the profile of local success stories. It’s too easy to get caught up in the hype about what’s happening in “The Valley” or New York without realizing all the great successes springing up all around us.

I hope that One Degree had – and will continue to have – a small role in helping Canadians understand the transformational power of the Internet for both business and culture. This is an exciting day for me as I know that Kate is the perfect person to take over the community we’ve created and carry on that mission.

I’ll leave it to Kate and Co. to talk about what may change here at One Degree but I know that this story is just beginning. I’m writing the final sentences of Chapter 1 here but I know we have many chapters to go.

And I plan to drop in occasionally to add my two cents worth so this is by no means a “Goodbye World” post!


  1. neilio
    neilio May 29, 2007

    Has it really been two years?! Wow, time sure has flown since we first met up at Allen’s Pub to discuss One Degree over lunch…
    Congratulations to everyone involved!

  2. Don Lange
    Don Lange May 30, 2007

    All the best Ken. I’m sure I am not alone in saying that we hope you drop by on a regular basis. Your two cents is always worth a lot more than that.

  3. Barry Welford
    Barry Welford May 30, 2007

    Sorry to see this, Ken, however it’s certainly being passed to someone who can maintain the momentum. Congratulations and good wishes to all.

  4. Dave
    Dave May 31, 2007

    So sorry to see you go, Ken. I hope the new regime will keep up the good work. They have big shoes to fill. Best wishes and good luck.

  5. Nima Asrar Haghighi
    Nima Asrar Haghighi June 1, 2007

    Canadian Internet marketing community has fostered during the last couple of years. One of the main contributors is without a doubt your efforts in keeping a vibrant online community at One Degree.
    Thanks and all the best.

  6. Stefan Eyram
    Stefan Eyram June 4, 2007

    Ken, great news…for you (more time to focus on Tucows and family) and for readers (more fresh ideas and perspectives). I have always enjoyed what you have done for the online community in Canada whether it was with AIMS, through the CMA or at
    Good luck.
    By the way, I have spoken with a number of people south of the border that say they regularly read Keeping it Canadian AND having US readers are both good things.
    PS: I wonder how long it will take until you start something else…maybe a Web 2.0 mash-up with some sort of community-building that has a parenting twist to it.

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